— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) February 10, 2018
Even though he’s been in the wrestling business since 1989, Rey Mysterio has never worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling. On March 25, this is set to change. At NJPW New Beginning in Osaka, Rey Mysterio appeared via video to challenge Jushin Thunder Liger at Strong Style Evolved, in Long Beach, California. Liger was on commentary and immediately accepted the challenge. Mysterio called Liger one of the greatest Junior Heavyweight wrestlers ever.
Even if Rey Mysterio has yet to wrestle for NJPW, it will not be the first time Liger and Mysterio have squared off, having met during the Golden Age of Cruiserweights in WCW at Starrcade in December 1996 in a great match.
After the recent Jericho vs. Omega match at Wrestle Kingdom 12, NJPW is building up another dream match, and another opportunity to further cement itself in the international market, as the subscriptions to NJPW World, the company’s streaming service, skyrocketed after Wrestle Kingdom 12.
This match is the first to be announced for the NJPW Strong Style Evolved event on March 25 in Long Beach, California. The event was sold out in less than 20 minutes when tickets were put on sale on January 29. The one-day event is coming up 8 months after the huge success of NJPW G1 Special in the USA, the two-day event that took place last July in Long Beach and saw Kenny Omega become the first-ever IWGP United States Champion.
Mysterio is currently a free agent, wrestling around the world. He was rumoured to make his debut with IMPACT Wrestling last month and appeared at the WWE Royal Rumble a few weeks ago, this NJPW appearance is opening new doors for him but, at the same time, is not locking those of a new WWE opportunity.